Rebel Shakedown: Long Time Waiting

 In Studio Sessions

“The name of the [upcoming] EP is still up in the air. We were thinking Long Time Waiting.

Or something about us being brand new,” says Josh Ullrich (23), lead vocalist and guitar player

for Rebel Shakedown.

 

Although they are certainly in their infancy as a band, Josh himself is no stranger to the

spotlight. As one of the original members of the now defunct Phat Reggae Dub Status, he has

already established himself as a standout in the West Coast grassroots reggae/dub scene. The

band reached immense popularity between the years of 2009 and 2013, especially in Northern

California, where they consistently sold out venues and became a well-known name amongst the

students of UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, CalPoly San Luis Obispo and many other local

colleges. This gave Josh the opportunity to play in front massive crowds alongside some of his

prevalent musical influence, including bands like The Dirty Heads, Seedless and Fortunate

Youth. Indeed the decision to break up Phat Reggae Dub was difficult for all members, but one

that Josh feels was perfect for him to get a fresh start with years of experience under his belt.

 

Partly because of this, Rebel Shakedown in its own right has been able to achieve

meteoric success within the short nine months since its origin. After moving back to Huntington

Beach from Santa Barbara, Josh enlisted the help of former bandmate and drummer Daniel

Castaneda (23) to form a new band. Pianist Laurence Rugley (26) and saxophonist Daniel

Whalen (24) soon joined them and were also acquaintances of Ullrich. Bass guitar player Jacob

Marler (19) however, has a different story. He was a big fan of Phat Reggae Dub Status and

actually started working with the group after he messaged Josh on Facebook. To his surprise,

Josh invited him to a jam session and two months later, they played their first show as Rebel

Shakedown.

 

The group is now working on their first EP, tentatively titled Long Time Waiting, with

17th Street Recording Studios producer Lewis Richards. Lewis and Josh have been close friends

for years and also worked together during the days of Phat Reggae Dub Status. Needless to say,

Rebel Shakedown’s sound will be heavily influenced by their predecessor but Josh emphasizes

that they bring their own unique sound “fusing rap with reggae.” The release date for the album

is to be announced but until then, check out Rebel Shakedown’s cover of Don’t Rock My Boat.

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